Gremlins Theme Park Props – Where Are They Now?

Gremlins theme park props from “Gremlins Invasion” ride

A category of “movie memorabilia” attracting an increased number of fans during the last few decades is the “theme park prop”. Historic growth in the theme park industry (pre covid-19), suggests that interest will continue.

As theme parks open, close and change their attractions, sadly, they discard many props. Here’s a look at a few iconic pieces previously thought to have been lost.

Pictured are some Gremlins from Warner Bros Movie World’s Gremlin Invasion attraction. Check out this excellent video of the ride’s history put together by Expedition Theme Park. Fifty-six Gremlins were featured in the attraction and it’s unknown how many have survived, but here are three remaining Gremlins, plus some assorted body parts.

Gremlins Theme Park Props
Gremlins Invasion

The ride opened in 1991 and closed in 2001 to make way for the “Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster” ride to tie-in with the 2002 film.

Okay, it’s a tenuous link at best, but I guess these are “screen used” props! After all, they appeared in many commercials at the time. Besides, it’s likely the closest I will get to a production used Gremlin!

Why theme park props?

For the collector, what do theme park props offer above their film used counterparts? Their resilience! These were made to last longer than just a few “takes”! This is illustrated in how robust they are. They are heavy! Both the static (fibreglass) and the animatronic pair. Showing their age now – after all, it has been almost thirty years, and these were not particularly well looked after over the last two decades.


The animatronic characters had latex covering, sometimes a perspex body form velcroed onto the frame (where clothing would cover it). Head and hands are foam latex.
The full fibreglass figure is static and has 35mm film stock “fused” into his shoulder. If you check out this YouTube video, he appears in the “film archives” section of the ride at the 1.30 time stamp. He is unfortunately missing a few digits on his hands (claws).

Film archive fiend!

De-constructing for delivery

Being full size, these little monsters take up a surprising amount of space (those darned outstretched arms) and I’ve consequently passed some pieces onto other collectors. Shipping was problematic due to both the size and weight of these guys. So be warned, much easier to ship these before that midnight feed!

Gremlins Theme Park Props
De-constructing for delivery

Check out the pic detailing the de-construction prior to the shipping of a gremlin. There’s an awful lot of steel there!

De-constructing for delivery
Heavy metal Mogwai

At the time of writing, I have a set of fibreglass Gremlin legs (from this lot) available in my ebay store.

If you enjoyed seeing these Gremlins theme park props, please check out my yourprops page to see some other pieces of my collection of motion picture and television production used memorabilia.

I’ve also put together some guides (with more to follow) packed with hints and tips for collectors. Please have a look and leave a comment.


“Noah’s Ark” Warner Bros Publicity Movie Clock

My Warner Bros publicity clock from Noah’s Ark (1928). A production with a fascinating, important and certainly sad history.

Dolores Costello, that is to say, Drew Barrymore’s grandmother starred alongside George O’Brien in the 1928 epic “Noah’s Ark”. Michael Curtiz and Darryl F. Zanuck directed. A hybrid part talkie using the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system.

Production inundated the set with 600,000 gallons of water in order to capture the realism of the cataclysmic flood event. Tragically, it overwhelmed many in the cast. As a result, Dolores Costello suffered a severe case of Pneumonia. The deluge also resulted in three deaths, an amputation and many broken limbs. Hollywood introduced stunt safety regulations the following year.

The clock is cast iron and therefore heavy (weighing over a kilogram), and was a publicity piece commissioned by the studio for the film’s release. Dolores Costello’s image features on the clock face. Fashioned in the shape of an ark, the color has faded over time and wear is evident for example, lower left portion of the “N” is missing. The mechanism works for a very short period when the clock is tilted. Sterling Art Metal Works manufactured this amazing piece.

Did you enjoy seeing my Warner Bros publicity clock? Click my “Your Props” page link  here to see more of my movie props & relics. And in addition, if you’re new to collecting TV & movie memorabilia–check out my new guides here, packed with hints & tips!

Noah’s Ark Clock (1928)
Publicity piece – Noah’s Ark Clock (1928)
Noah’s Ark Clock (1928)
Noah’s Ark Clock (1928)